It all started when…
I fell in love with cigars in the late 80's. In 1996 I decided to turn my profession of computer programming and my passion for cigars into a garage business venture. I built a walk-in humidor, registered a domain name, built a Web site, wrote my own shopping cart program, got all the licenses and started an online cigar outfit. The Web site - you guessed it - was Robusto.com.
The business went well right off the bat, due mostly to the high demand for cigars during that period. However, the business had its share of challenges also. For me the most important element that was missing from the whole picture was the human component, the camaraderie, the friendships that are a natural consequence of cigar smokers coming together.
So my ultimate goal was to do away with online sales and establish a brick-and-mortar location where cigar smokers could congregate, interact face to face, and share their passion. Having a state-of-the-art humidor and a smoking room would be a must.
As I phased out the online business around 2000, I was on the hunt for a physical retail spot. Then came the challenges of accomplishing such a task in light of political, financial and logistical headwinds. But I was determined and I wasn't going to back down.
Finally, after twelve years of unyielding pursuit, I established Robusto Cigars in 2012, in the beautiful city of Arcadia. Needless to say I was ecstatic. The Santa Anita race track is a block away. There is the ever-popular restaurant row down the street on Huntington drive. The Santa Anita golf course is literally walking distance. There are plenty of hotels and lodging down Huntington drive. There is a brewery, wine cellar, blues club, bars... all in the immediate vicinity. What more can I ask for?
Welcome to Robusto!